Chalet Grande Etoile
Chalet Grand Etoile is conveniently located right in the centre of town and only moments from the basket lift which makes it ideal for families and groups looking to have an easy route to and from the slopes.
This chalet has been refurbished to a high standard and its modern décor runs throughout the whole chalet bringing together quality,
comfort and alpine charm. The open plan living and dining area has a
spacious sociable feel with comfy sofas and
alpine furnishings with a modern twist, a style which continues through to the en-suite bedrooms.
The chalet also boasts a wellness area with hot tub and sauna which is great for relaxing after a long day of skiing. Great views over the valley can be enjoyed from the balcony. Ski storage and heated boot warmers.
The chalet sleeps 12 people across 6 bedrooms, each with their own modern en-suite and some with a balcony.
Entrance with heated boot warmers and ski storage
Wellness area with Jacuzzi, sauna and shower
Open plan living and dining area with valley side balcony
Room 1 = twin or king-sized double bed with shower, WC & access to balcony shared with lounge
Room 2 = twin or king-sized double bed with shower & WC
Rooms 3 & 6 = 2 twins or king-sized doubles under eaves with shower, WC & access to a shared balcony
Rooms 4 & 5 = 2 twins or king-sized doubles under eaves with shower,
WC & access to a shared balcony with incredible valley views
All bedrooms can be made up as either twin beds or king-sized double bed, so please advise preference when booking.
Warming vin chaud upon arrival
A cooked breakfast with a daily variety of hot options such as poached
eggs, sausages, tomatoes and hash browns with croissants and pain au
chocolat (or local breads, ham and cheese in Austria and Switzerland)
A fresh fruit bowl throughout your stay
Aperitifs and canapes on 5 nights
A selection of Silver level wines, unlimited coffee
A freshly cooked 4 course, locally inspired, menu including a cheeseboard
After-dinner chocolates to accompany your freshly made coffee
Breakfast and dinner will be served on 6 out of 7 days and a continental breakfast will be left out on 1 morning.
The chalet staff live out.
Chalet Grande Etoile is situated in the same building as its little sister, Chalet Petite Etoile.
Alpe d'Huez Resort Info
Alpe d'Huez skiing
Alpe d’Huez is set on a high sunny plateau, at 1,860m in the Grande Rousses area of the Southern French Alpes. Surrounded by an amazing snow bowl, it has mile after mile of varied pisted and off piste opportunities. With over 250km of skiing to choose from, it provides endless choices for all levels of skiers and boarders. The resort boasts an excellent snow record due to its high altitude – high altitude goes hand in hand with breathtaking views and a wonderful starting point for the Sarenne descent, officially one of the longest black runs in Europe.
Alpe d'Huez is known as Island of the Sun ('Lile au Soleil') and most of the main slopes face south benefiting from the claimed average of 300 sunshine days a year! The resort spreads down a gentle slope in a triangular shape from the main lift station at the top corner. Access roads enter the village at the lower two corners. The main Avenue des Jeux is used as a central focus and this is where you will find some of the shops, bars and restaurants along with the swimming pool and ice rink. Towards the bottom of the town is the older, original core of the resort which has a slightly more traditional feel to it.
Alpe d'Huez has skiing suitable for everyone. The large network of lovely wide green runs immediately above the village is as good a beginner area as you will find anywhere. For intermediates there is a fine selection of blue and red runs, the variety being difficult to beat with trees, valleys and a range of terrain to explore. The slopes divide into four areas with good connections between them. Every section of the resort has some challenging red runs to test the adventurous as well as some serious off-piste routes for the experts to enjoy. Gondolas and fast chairs are the main access to the lifts, although there are a few older chairs and drag lifts scattered around.
More Alpe d'Huez resort information
There are two terrain parks, one near the bottom of the slopes for novices with various jumps and rollers and another 1.5km advanced park close to the Lac Blanc drag which has a half-pipe, jumps, rails, big air and boardercross course. Above Vaujany there is another beginners park. Experienced boarders are well catered for with lots of good freeriding to be had, together with vast and varied off-piste to be tried with a guide. For cross country skiers there are 50km of snow sure trails with varying degrees of difficulty.
The resort is linked to Vaujany where there is some great runs and some lovely little cafes - well worth making the effort to get there as only a short ski away from the main slopes of Alpe d'huez.
Alpe d'Huez Snow & Weather
|Snow Report - 16 Jan 2018|
|Last snowed|| 15-Jan-2018|
|Fresh snow||70 cm|
|Lower slopes||167 cm|
|Upper slopes||240 cm|
|Runs to resort||Powder|
|Off piste snow||Powder|
|Comments||Great conditions - wax up your skis!|
Snow Overview - France (snow news updated 04-Dec-2017)
Lots of fresh snow was falling all around the French Alps on Thursday 27th April. With a lowering freezing level and heavy snow falls continuing, many French mountain villages are looking very Christmas like. On snow conditions are generally fresh, although the lower slopes are still very spring like. Up top powder conditions are abundant, however, poor visibility and limited lift access is keeping the options restricted. The current snowy and cloudy weather will break for the weekend, presenting an excellent chance to get in one last lift access powder day for the season.
Many resorts will be closed next week, but there is still loads of fresh snow in the forecast. With a good knowledge of the avalanche problem, touring conditions will be exceptional well into next weekend.
European Weather Outlook
Across the central European Alps, snow and cold temperatures are forecast to stick around until Saturday. Accumulations of snow on the upper slopes could be huge for the time of year, with some Swiss resorts predicting around 80cm over the course of today and Friday. By the weekend the snow is predicted to subside in many regions and a mixture of sun and cloud is expected for much of Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland.
In the Pyrenees, Saturday should be the pick of the day for any skiing in Andorra. Our featured resorts are now closed for the season, but for anyone strapping on their skins, you can expect a mixture of sun and cloud, with temperatures around +3C
In Germany, 44cm of fresh snow is being forecast for Garmisch (0/380cm), who will be in disbelief at the moment for all the snow they have received of late.
Further north you can expect temperatures of around -3C and snow showers in Norway, which are set to continue right through to Sunday for resorts such Trysil. Across the border in Sweden, the weather should be fairly similar, but any snow that does fall is likely to be light and bring only 1-2cm.
Despite some recent biting temperatures and cold winds in the UK, any snow that does fall on the Scottish mountains is most likely to be on Thursday. Thereafter, rain could destroy any hopes of some late season turns.